It is a paid article for Webuybooks.co.uk.
Now I’m not a book hoarder per se… but at my last count I had several thousand. Accrued since birth, through Uni, combined with my partner’s collection – we’re each avid readers – they soon mount up – and in reality this number ain’t gonna go down. In need of moving house to support this habit, I’d somewhat let another person benefit from the ones I haven’t a lot as checked out shortly.
Enter this week’s Sponsor: Webuybooks.co.uk and The WeBuyBooks App. What began as a piece advertorial has fast turn out to be my recent favourite hobby and has forced me to leaf through my many many book cases & piles and be absolutely brutal and honest: “Do I really need these?” – when the reply was no. I scanned all of them and am now using the cash I even have made to go in my “winter fuel budget” – without really doing anything.
To assist others see quite how easy that is, let me talk you thru how the product works.
How WeBuyBooks Works
It’s genuinely really easy, and for those who’ve ever sold your CDs online, it’s the identical principle.
After making a pile of books that I needed to sell, I downloaded the App HERE and created an account for myself. Within a minute, I used to be using the app’s scanner on my phone to zap the barcodes on my unwanted books, and watching them pile up within the WeBuyBooks basket.
Scanning Your Books
Now, there have been quite a couple of books that the app didn’t want, and it is because all of the books you set online are being crossed off against an infinite existing catalogue that knows what’s in demand, what’s in need of stock and what isn’t: so don’t be discouraged in case your first few tries provide you with the ‘Sorry, this title isn’t required’ notification. A couple of third of the books I zapped fell into this category. Also stumped by books that didn’t have barcodes, I actually found a fast solution as they will be searched through on the app. There’s a list filled with books on there.
After a couple of minutes, I had a pile of books I may have to box up and sell some place else (or take to my local charity shop) and a thankfully higher pile of books that WeBuyBooks wanted. And despite the fact that half of them were only being offered a small amount (a couple of pennies), the odd title netted me a couple of quid, and one or two even greater than that: these titles were clearly in demand.
Packaging and Sending
Once I’d decided to stop scanning in the interim, and had cleared myself a complete shelf of space for something else (more books, if I’m honest) I discovered a sturdy cardboard box (ensure it’s got all its parts and will be safely taped up with strong parcel or sellotape) and packaged up my books fastidiously, adding some foam padding I’d had lying around in a cabinet from an old appliance.
I then hit the ‘sell my books’ option from the checkout and made sure my printer was able to go. The app sent a label to print out, which I did, and slapped it onto the package. It did nevertheless specify that if I hadn’t had a printer, I can drop the parcel off at a parcelshop and so they will even print the label for me.
I chosen the choice inside the app for the package to be collected from my garden shed, as Webuybooks specified an 8am-8pm collection time the following day.
Sure enough, at 10am the next morning, the package was collected from my shed and a receipt left, without me having to do much else aside from lift the box into the shed.
And voila, that’s it. Per week later, the cash I made out of this very small choice of books (on this case, a dozen or so books sold for slightly below £29) appeared in my account and was transferred into my winter fuel fund.
Repeating the Process
Because the app was really easy to make use of, I’ll be digging out one other couple of shelves of books this week and repeating the method. I do know I even have one other few piles of literature that might net me a minimum of the identical amount, so let’s say I try this one other 3 times, that’s about £60 I’ve made out of old books taking over space.
I promise I won’t spend the cash I get on more books…